ADELPHI, Md. — Business leaders have pledged more than $750 million as part of a White House initiative to strengthen access to technology for 99 percent of students within five years, President Obama announced on Tuesday.
Mr. Obama hailed the ConnectED program, which he initiated last summer, as a way to ensure that all students receive a high-quality education as they prepare to compete in the global economy.
“Today the average American school has about the same Internet bandwidth as the average American home, but it serves 200 times as many people,” he said. The kind of 21st-century technology that is needed is available in too few schools, he said.
Technology companies like Verizon and Microsoft have committed to increasing access to high-speed Internet in the classroom, as well as at home; providing software and devices like tablets and laptops; and training teachers to use the new technology.